Peter Albers brings more than 18 years of experience in the IT consulting space to his role as Executive Vice President for Cloud IaaS at Virtustream. His experience with several leading systems integration, hosting and application maintenance companies lends well to his position, where he provides ongoing support for our cloud services group through a comprehensive managed service, from core infrastructure through enterprise applications such as SAP, Oracle and Microsoft.
Prior to joining Virtustream, Peter was the CEO of Politec, a leading Latin American IT service provider. He was responsible for international operations and for driving the company's Nearshore strategy by providing development, integration and maintenance services from its Centers of Excellence in Brazil and Argentina. Before that, Peter managed the SAP Practice for Adjoined Consulting, a management consulting, technology and outsourcing firm. He held the position throughout the acquisition of Adjoined by Kanbay and subsequently by Capgemini. At Capgemini, Peter was a Vice President on the Americas Leadership Team serving as the East BU Service Line leader for SAP.
Peter began his career at Plaut Consulting in Germany where he gained experience in the design and implementation of SAP Systems within multiple industries. He was also tasked with starting up Plaut's Consulting and Hosting operations in Brazil. He later left Plaut to run the US division of Emeritis, a SAP HR consulting firm.
Fred Benton is an accomplished sales leader with over 30 years of industry experience in the technical sales community. He currently serves as the Vice President of Software Sales responsible for driving direct xStream software sales to enterprise customers.
Prior to joining Virtustream, Fred was the National Sales Leader for Capgemini’s managed cloud services. Prior to Capgemini, Fred spent 26 years in the telecommunications industry with Hewlett Packard and Nortel Networks. Fred’s career is deeply rooted in the carrier environments of large telecommunications providers where mission critical systems provide access to hundreds of millions of subscribers across North America. Fred has been involved in many emerging technologies that have become industry standards that we know today including subscriber management, packetization, signaling, and cloud services.
Fred resides in Northern New Jersey and is married with three children.
Scot Brenton brings over 15 years of domestic and international technology industry experience to Virtustream where he serves as Virtustream's Vice President of Sales, West. Throughout his career Scot has focused on introducing new and innovative technologies to the Enterprise market and delivering value to all stakeholders.
Prior to Virtustream, Scot was the VP of US and EMEA Sales for CD Networks, an Asia Pac based Content Delivery firm, where he was responsible for transitioning the organization from a commodity service provider to an Enterprise-focused, application acceleration company. Before that, Scot was a founding executive at Netli, the company that defined and established the application delivery market and was acquired by Akamai Technologies for $180 million in 2007. At Netli, Scot developed sales teams from scratch and took the company from pre-revenue to exit, serving as both the Vice President of U.S. Sales and Vice President of EMEA. He was also the Founder and President of ColloHouse LLC, an innovative carrier neutral collocation services company that was sold to LayerOne, Inc. in 2001.
Scot was educated at Wake Forrest University.
Matthew Clemente is a certified SAP professional who has more than 15+ years of In-depth SAP IT experience, specializing in all aspects of SAP Basis technical administration, Virtualization, and SAP Enterprise Cloud Performance Tuning and Migrations. Matthew is currently responsible for overseeing the 24/7 Global SAP Basis enterprise operations group, and client management under Virtustream Cloud Cover Services division. In addition Matthew was a pioneer in developing the Virtustream HANA Migration and Management Factory in which he Led and architected the world’s first successful SAP Enterprise ECC and BW "Powered by HANA" cloud migration and implementation.
Prior to joining Virtustream, Matthew owned and operated SAPTraining.com (an independent Global online virtualized SAP hosting and training business), and was the Senior SAP Solutions Architect for NIIT Media Technologies; where he was responsible for the project management and Senior SAP Architecture for the migration of the entire SAP enterprise data center to a Virtualized Cloud environment.. Prior to joining NIIT, Matthew held various Senior Basis Team Lead and Director roles for SAP enterprise environment including Morris Communications, Total Tier solutions consulting and Oxford University Press.
Bill Coquelin is a veteran of the information technology management function. In the role of Vice President of Delivery for the government security group within Virtustream, Bill oversees the implementation of the ERM product lines.
Bill joined Virtustream after leading the technology function at Edelman Financial as the CIO, where he combined two independent and distributed operational groups into a single team. Additionally, he selected and built the technical team that implemented the firm’s online registration site for new personal accounts in what has become a model for other Registered Investment Advisory firms.
He has also served as CIO at Ferris, Baker Watts, a financial services firm, the CIO at GW Solutions, SVP at Freidman Billings Ramsey, and at Proxicom, where he managed both global IT and real estate, building out almost 1 million square feet of office space in Europe and the US.
Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia.
As the SVP Marketing, Lisa Desmond is charged with supporting Virtustream's revenue objectives by aligning marketing and sales initiatives, defining and implementing Virtustream's brand strategy, and directing media and analyst relations activities and partner channel efforts.
She has more than twenty years of leadership experience in marketing and communications with over half of those years focused on the Information Technology Services industry. Lisa came to Virtustream from Capgemini where she was the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Financial Services Strategic Global Unit (FSGBU). Prior to Capgemini, Lisa was the Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Kanbay and, before that, Marketing Director for Adjoined Consulting, Inc., a management consulting, technology and outsourcing firm. Lisa started her career as founder and President of Business Graphics, Inc., a graphics firm specializing in corporate communications and marketing.
Lars Forsberg is successful entrepreneur and effective leader of development, support and quality assurance teams. His core strengths are technical project management and execution, software solutions design and customer service delivery.
Lars' experience working in both software and professional services organizations has provided him with a wide breath of skills and knowledge in the cloud and information technology industry.
Lars joined Virtustream with the company’s 2012 acquisition of Enomaly, an early innovator in cloud and pioneer in cloud exchanges. As a founder at Enomaly, Lars served as the program lead for both Enomaly ECP and SpotCloud products, as well as principle consultant and project manager for professional services clients.
Stacy Hayes joined Virtustream from Terremark, where he was responsible for Public Sector Civilian agency sales. He led a team of sales professionals responsible for delivering the Terremark portfolio of cloud and security services to the US Government. Prior to joining Terremark Public Sector, he was tasked with creating and operating a go-to-market focused Strategic Channels & Alliances organization. He joined the company in 2009 as a result of Terremark’s acquisition of DS3 DataVaulting, where he was a co-founder and president.
Formed in 2002, DS3 DataVaulting emerged as a leader in the Backup as a Service (BUaaS) market, helping define the field as an early service provider, eventually growing into one of the largest independent service companies in the space. The company was specifically targeted for acquisition by Terremark to strengthen and unify its customer data protection capabilities.
Stacy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1989. He was also commissioned as a US Naval Officer upon graduation after successfully completing the university’s ROTC program as a scholarship student. Military assignments included sea duty and the pentagon as a White House Liaison Officer for the Secretary of the Navy.
Michael is the SVP of Cloud Advisory Service for Virtustream, with a focus on SAP in the cloud, SAP HANA as a Managed Service, and the new initiatives for Big Data in the cloud. Michael has responsibility for the go-to-market partnership with SAP, and he provides strategic account management for large enterprises and regulated industries, to help them optimize their cloud architectures, introduce SAP HANA into existing landscapes, and implement scalable, cost-effective Big Data solutions.
Prior to Virtustream, Michael was Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives with Joyent, a cloud software and services provider, where he worked with strategic Fortune 500 accounts on their evaluation and transformation to a cloud environment.
Before Joyent, Michael was President and COO of RampRate Sourcing Advisors, where he developed and marketed a proprietary index for measuring region-specific market pricing for IT services (data center, collocation, network, managed services, cloud services) and matching client requirements with vendor capabilities in those regions.
Previously, Michael was a senior market analyst at Aberdeen Group, and a program manager for Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Peter is the SVP of Value Engineering for Virtustream with a focus on managed services and innovations in the area of cloud provisioning. He has been working for 20 years in Information Technology, where he has performed a multitude of roles including: project manager, coach, software engineer, software quality manager, performance tester, SAP technology consultant and solution architect. With emphasis on information and knowledge management, his focus is on the management and logistics of complex software solutions in cloud environments, performance testing of software solutions, service level management.
Peter joined Virtustream from Value Prototyping at SAP where he worked for 12 years as a project manager. During his time at SAP, he led a multitude of proof-of-concepts for large SAP customers. He founded the Value Prototyping Performance Lab and developed a methodology for the structured execution of complex load tests. At the same time, he developed a semantic knowledge management system for the management of life cycles of projects and members of the department including their time recording. Afterwards he focused on Cloud Computing and laid the foundation of Cloud Logistics – the art of transporting complex software solutions through the cloud. He was leading the technical part of the pilot for the SAP Demo Cloud and contributed important building blocks such as the automated user management, the cloud billing engine, cloud analytics engine or the cloud distribution engine with his team.
During this period, he became interested in artificial intelligence. To pursue this interest, Peter studied Linguistics and Philosophy with focus on Logic, semantics and machine learning of natural languages. He finished his studies with a PhD in 2011. His dissertation describes a theory and implementation of a software system that learns aspects of natural language while it processes texts.
Peter began his career as an independent, certified SAP Technology Consultant specializing in release updates, the operations of SAP landscapes (monitoring, change management, disaster recovery and end user support) as well as the analysis and resolution of performance problems. In the years prior to SAP, he collected experience in the implementation and operation of complex software solutions for many customers of various industries in Germany and abroad.
Sean Jennings has over 20 years of experience enabling commercial and government enterprises of all sizes gain efficiencies and competitive advantage through the design and deployment of creative, forward looking IT solutions. Sean Jennings has been at the vanguard of the migration to commodity platforms throughout his career, designing solutions around and earning numerous certifications from industry leaders Novell, Microsoft, EMC, HP/Compaq/DEC, Checkpoint, and VMware long before they became fashionable.
Sean began his career as a programmer for Control Data, before transitioning into systems management and architecture on VAX and x86 platforms as a Senior Systems Engineer for Funds Associates Limited and PNC Bank. He was the Microsoft Systems Practice Manager for Virtualogic, a leading systems integrator in the x86 space, now a part of EDS. He was also a Systems Architect and Vice President for National Cooperative Bank with responsibility for Disaster Recovery of x86 systems, Solaris, and AS/400
In 2001 Sean co-founded Brigh Technologies, Inc., with Matt Theurer. Brigh Technologies was a thought leader in the application of Virtualization solutions and one of VMware’s first consulting services partners.
Jeff Johnson is a VP in the Cloud Advisory Services group and is responsible for establishing and leading the Program Management Office for one of Virtustream's key clients. Jeff has over 23 experience in all aspects of the system development life cycle across multiple industries, including Financial Services, Retail Manufacturing and Life Sciences.
Prior to Virtustream Jeff was with Bank of America where he led multiple efforts focused on improving Data Management, Data Quality and Governance within the Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Relations Technology and Operations group. Before that he was with Adjoined Consulting / Kanbay Consulting / Capgemini where he focused on Project and Program Management of large scale Business Intelligence initiatives. Jeff started his career at Accenture where he held various client project roles such as Program Manager, Project Manager and Team Leader.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering (with Honors) and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance both from the University of Florida.
Jim Kaufold is Virtustream's EVP of Operations Management with over 25 years of experience leading operational, sales and product management organizations to successfully deliver against corporate P&L objectives in several different technology industries.
Prior to joining Virtustream, Jim was the Executive Vice President of Operations at Teliris, where he was responsible for all operational aspects of their global visual collaboration managed services, maintenance, manufacturing, and service delivery. During his tenure, he was also responsible for business planning, sales operations, and developing/implementing the company's P&L management processes. Jim joined Teliris in 2007, as Senior Vice President of Global Sales, where he led their direct and indirect sales channels.
Before Teliris, Jim held several senior executive positions at Orange Business Services - Americas in which he was responsible for channel strategy, business planning, and sales operations. He was also the Sales Vice President at Gateway Computers, where he led the direct and indirect sales channels for their education and business market segments. Jim spent the first 15 years of his career in telecommunications industry leading various sales and product management organizations for AT&T, Sprint, Equant, Infonet and KPNQwest.
Gregsie Leighton is an information security and systems professional with over 20 years of experience creating innovative products and helping companies improve corporate information systems security through the innovative application of technology, best practices, and organizational management principles.
Gregsie's unique blend of consulting, executive leadership, and industry experience has earned him a reputation for excellence in Information Security and Systems with "Blue Chip" clientele in the Financial Services, Healthcare, Telecom, Media, Public Sector and Retail industries. His past clients included AT&T/BellSouth, Autotrader.com, Chemical Bank/Chase, Freddie Mac, Martha Stewart Living, and Standard and Poor's/McGraw-Hill.
Prior to Virtustream, Gregsie was the CEO and a Principal Consultant at Leighton Technology Group, a firm focused on IT security consulting and related integration services. His extensive experience with Fortune 100 private and public sector clients enables him to deliver practical applications of information security technology in conjunction with effective management techniques to create real economic value for our enterprise clients.
Gregsie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and Management with honors from York College - City University of New York.
Carolyn Linthicum is the Vice President of Human Resources at Virtustream where she maintains global responsibility for performance management, benefits and compensation, training and development, and employee relations for the company. As a seasoned executive with 20 years of experience, Carolyn has led the strategic development, execution and management of global human resource teams for organizations ranging in size from small, private startups to large, public Fortune 500 firms.
Carolyn joins Virtustream from Texas Instruments (TI) where she was the Director of Human Resources for three business units spanning multiple sites across the U.S., Canada and India. In her role Carolyn led the talent acquisition, succession planning, compensation and performance management, and training for over 600 worldwide employees. Prior to her tenure at TI, Carolyn was the Human Resources Director for VoIP software provider, Telogy Networks, where she successfully created and implemented a human resources infrastructure and played an instrumental role in the sale of the company to Texas Instruments. Carolyn has also held human resources leadership roles at McDonald Bradley, a startup computer consulting company, and various government contracting and technology organizations.
Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and psychology from Towson University in Baltimore, as well as a Master of Science degree in business, with a concentration in human resources management, from the University of Maryland. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Human Resources Planning Society (HRPS).
Rick (Arkadi) Litvin is VP of Global Storage Architecture and Engineering at Virtustream where he is responsible for strategy, design and implementation of company’s storage and data protection products and services. Rick will oversees storage and data protection products and services at Virtustream's business operations globally, as the company expands its operations.
Prior to joining Virtustream, Rick served as the Manager/Architect of Storage Engineering & Architecture for NTT Communications [Nippon Telegraph Telecom], a global IT infrastructure services provider. At NTT, Rick led multiple large integration, development and disaster recovery projects around the world (U.S., Japan, Germany, Hong Kong and India), and most recently, worked on developing NTT's Enterprise Cloud. By the end of his ten-year career with NTTA for the Data Center Services business unit, Rick was leading all U.S. storage and recovery service activities, including design, architecture and productization.
Rick has over 20 years of experience in storage engineering/architecture, product management and IT experience, including positions at Verio and EMC. He was involved in evaluation and implementation of new technologies and solutions for enterprise clients, VC's communities, and U.S. government agencies. Rick also holds a number of patents in storage engineering technology.
Vince Lubsey is Virtustream’s Senior Vice President of Product Management and Solution Architecture with more than 20 years’ experience in information technology and a deep expertise in enterprise software and architecture.
Prior to Virtustream, he was Senior Manager in the EA and SAP consulting practices at Capgemini and Adjoined Consulting.
Before Adjoined Consulting he was with SAP in Walldorf, Germany working on the development of the first version of the SAP Beverage solutions, as well as on custom development solutions. Vince also worked as an independent consultant for domestic/global SAP implementations and IT process development.
He started his career as a software developer at Coca-Cola, advancing to the position of Global Supply Chain Architect.
Keith leads Product Development focusing on making Virtustream’s cloud management platform the best in the public, private, and hybrid cloud market. Keith has over 20 years of leadership experience and technical knowledge which enable him to successfully deliver enterprise class products and platforms. During his career he has lead global organizations ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500 corporations building enterprise level commercial solutions leveraging in-house and cloud-based systems.
In prior roles, Keith worked for enterprise business software and development platform companies delivering complex solutions in big data, analytics, financial transaction processing, enterprise resource planning(ERP), and solution frameworks. Companies include: First Data, LexisNexis, CDC Software. Cox Communications, KaseWorks, Fiserv, and FleetCor. These solutions serve a variety of industries including insurance, retail banking, finance, manufacturing, communications, and logistics with many solutions requiring adherence to strict security and regulatory compliance requirements.
Keith holds a Computer Science degree in Advanced Systems Programming from the University of Georgia and holds patents in financial transaction processing, fraud, and document management systems.
ohn McCaffrey is the Senior Vice President of Cloud Software for Virtustream. His team is responsible for enabling our customers and partners to maximize their investment in Virtustream software by providing software implementation support, integration services and training.
Prior to joining Virtustream, John ran sales, marketing and professional services for Clarus Systems, a software startup focusing on VoIP & Unified Communications management and testing software for large enterprises and service providers. Clarus was acquired by OPNET Technologies in May 2012. OPNET was acquired by Riverbed Technology in December 2012.
Before Clarus, John led a management consulting practice at Adjoined Consulting focusing on telecom and financial services. In this role, he developed consulting services for customer analytics, CRM strategy and business intelligence. Prior to Adjoined he held strategy and marketing roles at US WEST, a phone and cable company in Denver, Colorado.
John received a B.S. of Engineering from Princeton University, an M.A. from Boston University, and a M.S. in Management from the MIT Sloan School. John is also a former officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Young Nam is a Vice President of Sales Strategy and Operations at Virtustream, responsible for pricing, sales strategies and sales operations with over 12 years of experience in complex solution selling in the U.S. Federal IT market.
Young joins Virtustream from Unisys where his strategic leadership resulted in the wins of the company’s largest and most complex deals. With a 100% win rate, Young was directly responsible for closing over $700M for Unisys over a three-year period. He pioneered Unisys’ entry into the private and community cloud market in the U.S. Federal market forging close partnerships with cloud providers and equipment vendors.
Prior to this, Young was in leadership positions in product strategy, management and marketing at a number of start-ups in the telecommunications market, specifically wireless and high-speed internet companies.
Young graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Pete has 29 years of experience in the development, implementation, operations and management of a very wide array of Information Technology, IaaS/SaaS/PaaS Cloud, Security Technologies and MSSP services.
Prior to Virtustream, Pete was the VP of Security Engineering at Terremark and Verizon where he was instrumental in the success of Terremark's IAAS Federal and Commercial deployments and managed the entire security and MSSP portfolio, security consulting, presales activities, whitepaper authorship and strategic planning.
Before this, Pete was the CSO/CTO of ProtectPoint, Inc. where he designed and implemented 350 MSSP Solutions and CTO/CEO of Promero, a hosted CRM/Telephony Company, where he was directly responsible for 6 patents and the deployment and operations of the world's most innovative SAAS/PAAS platform for VoIP and Video Teleconferencing.
In addition, Pete is internationally regarded as a wireless pioneer having built the world's first commercially viable Wireless ISP with over 500 antenna locations. Pete was also presented with the "Microsoft Industry Solutions" Award by Steve Ballmer at Comdex 2000 for the most innovative and advanced implementation of Microsoft applications for a large VoIP/CRM travel agent system.
Pete is currently a board of directors consultant of the South Florida Information Systems Security Administrators, after three years as President. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Cloud Security Alliance-SF, an Advisory Board Member for Arbor, VMWare, Fortinet, Vormetric and Trapezoid, former VP on the Board of Directors of the FBI Infragard, and a member of ISACA, Internet Coast, Honeynet Alliance, Computer Security Institute, IEEE, Secret Service Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force, EFF, Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Anti-phishing Working Group. Pete recently completed a chapter on Content Filtering for the IT Masters Level College textbook: "Computer and Information Security."
Mike Olson is the Vice President of Onboarding Operations with global responsibility for delivering innovative Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions on Virtustream's xStream cloud platform.
Mike's more than 21 years of experience is balanced between the consulting and private sectors and draws from extensive expertise in the design, implementation and operation of complex information systems technology. Prior to Virtustream, he was Director of Enterprise Architecture for Florida Crystals Corporation, including American Sugar Refining, the largest sugar refiner in the world with such brands and Florida Crystals, Domino Sugar, C&H Sugar, Redpath Sugar in Canada and Tate and Lyle Sugars in the UK. Mike worked directly with the CIO to define the architectures and standards that helped optimize efficiency throughout the company, overseeing the implementations of solutions spanning from the "shop floor to the top floor". Mike also was the executive responsible for overseeing Florida Crystals migration of their entire corporate computing infrastructure to the xStream platform at Virtustream.
Before Florida Crystals, Mike was co-founder of a successful eBusiness consulting firm in the late 90's with clients like Morningstar, Allstate, Anderson Windows, and Honeywell, and later spun off an application as a service company called Buildview. As CEO, Mike was responsible for strategic partnerships, product design, as well as client implementations. Mike began his career as a programmer analyst and elevated through various manager and director roles, delivering large-scale software implementations, integrations, custom development and managing post-merger integrations as well as data center consolidations.
Tony Pino is Vice President of Sales for Virtustream’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering. Tony's primary responsibility is to establish, develop, and maintain strong professional sales relationships with existing and new clients. He has a proven record of success providing high tech products, services and solutions to Commercial and Government clients in a global environment. He possesses a very strong focus on satisfying customer needs while obtaining paramount results. His core strength is in building deep customer relationships, ensuring their success, and exceeding expectations.
Tony started his career as a software developer designing systems for various Federal Agencies. Subsequently, he became a senior consultant delivering network and complete system architectures for both Federal and Enterprise clients. Tony also served as a Director of pre-Sales Engineers at Inktomi. In 2002, he joined Matt Theurer and Sean Jennings at Brigh Technologies, Inc. specializing in Disaster Recovery and highly available systems architectures. He served as Vice President of Business Development and Sales with Brigh Technologies.
Tony earned an M.S. degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Matt Theurer is a Senior Vice President of Cloud Solution Architecture for Virtustream. Matt is responsible for ensuring the timely, efficient and reliable delivery of our xStream IaaS services to our customers. Globally, Matt is responsible for defining strategy, architecture and overseeing product development of our Cloud service offerings and the xStream Platform.
Matt has been designing and deploying IT solutions for 20 years and has demonstrated expertise in architecting IT solutions to solve real world challenges for companies ranging in size from tens of users to tens of thousands of users. He was one of the first individuals ever certified on Vmware's virtualization platform and holds many industry certifications including certifications from Microsoft, Cisco and EMC.
Matt began his career working for the Federal Government designing "Smart" building solutions and went on to become a senior systems engineer and project manager for CIS Global and VirtuaLogic, Inc. In 2001, he joined Sean Jennings to start Brigh Technologies, Inc. specializing in Disaster Recovery and highly available systems architectures. He served as President, CIO, and a Principal Consultant with Brigh Technologies.
Matt received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Computer Hardware design from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Henry Tran is an accomplished technical and business leader with over 17 years of experience in IT and Telecom specializing in Service Providers. In his role as Global Platform and Network Operations Vice President at Virtustream, Henry is responsible for daily Infrastructure-as-a-Service Operations.
Prior to Virtustream, Henry was with Transaction Network Services, a global provider of data communications and interoperability solutions focusing on Financial, Payment, and Telecom customers. During his five plus years as a Senior Director of Network Engineering, he was responsible for the Engineering and Operations support for global Financial Trading, Payment Processing, and SS7 backbone and 150 POPs in over 45 countries.
Henry also spent six and half years with Current Technologies, a Germantown-based start-up company innovating Broadband over Power-line (BPL) and SmartGrid technologies. He was awarded with a patent in provisioning orchestration using Internet Protocol in BPL. Henry earned his Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) when he was with Digex Web Hosting in 2000.
Henry is a graduate from The Johns Hopkins University with a Master Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has a Bachelor Degree in Telecommunication from Saigon Institute of Technology.